Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm newest cost saving measure is out with the old and in the with the new. In an attempt to lower the cost of the state government, Granholm is looking for 39,000 teachers and 7,000 state employees with more than 30 years of service who will accept early retirement. She would replace those workers with new hires who would be required to pay 20 percent of their health care benefits-–twice what is currently paid by state workers.
Lede: America’s building trades unions has a voice on a presidential commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Doug Cunningham has more.
By Doug Cunningham
Mark Ayers, President of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, will join the Blue Ribbon Commission charged with providing formal recommendations for dev eloping a safe, long-term solution to managing used nuclear fuel and waste.
Numbers on Friday suggest the economy is growing, but the picture still doesn’t look rosy for U.S. workers. Wages and benefits paid to workers only grew by 1.5 percent over the entirety of 2009 – the weakest growth on record. Tom Juravich, author of the new book “At the Altar of the Bottom Line,” said that a bigger focus needs to be put on creating better jobs and not just more jobs.
The AFT site here highlights key facts and figures about African Americans, important historical events, influential figures and the continuing contributions of African Americans. For instance, did you know that African Americans were largely responsible for developing our railway system? More than 40 different patents were awarded to African Americans for inventions of machinery and parts vital to the function of trains, tracks and passenger safety.
This AFT site features a special focus on the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which made segregation in public schools illegal. The site includes profiles of the suit’s leaders, key events, recommended readings for grades K-12 and links to primary documents and lesson plans. There also is a video highlighting AFT’s efforts to obtain civil rights for all and desegregate America’s classrooms.
The NEA has joined with syndicated radio and TV host Tavis Smiley and the America I AM exhibition to offer educators a historically relevant, culturally diverse curriculum for use in classrooms as part of Black History Month observances.
America I AM lesson plans, activity sheets and other learning materials tailored around African American history and its impact on the country are available free of charge for the length of the exhibition’s four-year run at www.americaiam.org.
The educational materials are tailored by grade level, covering grades 5 through 12, and can be used as a stand-alone history unit or linked to other curricula, including social studies, economics, math, art and literature.
The exhibition is currently on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and will travel to other cities over the next four years.